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How My Blog Got a Page Rank 5

Ok, as almost everyone I know already heard, (I made sure to tell them every 5 min or so…) a few days ago, my less then 3 months old blog got page rank 5 from Google.

I know page rank is overated and I certainly don’t think that page rank is the ultimate criteria for a site’s quality, but there are a few good things that come with page rank so I decided to try and list why I think I got such a high page rank fron Google.


When I first started this SEO Blog it was as part of the clifinar competition I wrote here about. At that time there were no Clifinar related search results. Now, after Google indexed some 36,100 results on this word it decided my blog is very relevant to the term:

My SEO blog is called the Clifinar SEO blog, and if you look at my tag cloud you can see that it’s still one of the most used word in my posts (I didn’t get around to change it yet, and maybe it’s good).

Also, at some point during the competition I received a few inbound links that were all using the word Clifinar in the anchor text.

My blog is also constantly updated, if not with new posts or pages then by small edits to the content, fixing typing errors or new features I try to add – like my SEO Polls.

Quality Content

My posts are, for the most part, not too short or too stuffed with keywords and links. I also have a few static pages on my blog that have quite a lot of content and are SEO friendly. I don’t know if they contribute very much to the overall score but they certainly don’t hurt.

As a matter of principle I try not to write anything unless I really have something to say. This makes my posts interesting enough to keep the few visitors on my blog for long enough to make Google consider my content relevant both to my visitors and the tags I added to the post.

On Page Optimization

There are a few basic rules in SEO that it is advisable to keep when writing content to a site or blog. here are a few of them:

Have a relevant, SEO friendly URL – in wordpress the post’s title becomes the URL but this can be eddited. So if you have a long title you should probably make the URL shorter. In my blog most of the URLs weren’t changed but you shouldn’t be afraid to make it “nicer” for the search engines. Just remember that pople have to read it too.

Internal links building– Links from your page have power if you know how to use them. You should use links to give power to other pages on your site. For example linking from one post to another on your blog. This let’s the search engines know there is connection between the post and, more importantly, it let’s visitors go from one post to another keeping them on your site for a longer time.

Outgoing links – Search engines like to see that you’re not afraid to pot links that send visitors to other sites as well. It helps if those sites are considered an authority in your domain. This shows you are not afraid to loose visitors and that you know that your content is good enough to keep people coming back. I’m not saying you should link to your competitors but you can link to sites like Wikipedia or to a post on the Google blog.

Don’t over do thingsjust because you can link to a page doesn’t mean you have to. Having too many links on one page is bad for both SEO purposes and for the visitors. If you have to many links the search engines will look on your page as spam. There is also a bigger chance of losing visitors that way.

There are other things you can do like using Google’s webmaster tools to make your site more search engines friendly and asking other pople what they think of your site to make it more people friendly. But that’s something for a different post. Maybe…

August 7, 2008 - Posted by | page rank, Search Engine Optimization, search engines, SEO, website optimization | , , , , , , ,


  1. Kudos on your quick success. I am wondering if you can assit me with a question. Some think it’s appropriate to use title= in their page links; some say that it is not necessary. What do you think? Also, are they damaging to a sites SEO or not.

    Comment by Pittsburgh SEO Specialist | August 10, 2008 | Reply

  2. Actually I never used title= in my links. If you have a good anchor text it’s usually good enough.
    I don’t think it helps the SEO and some people think this can be seen as an attempt at keyword stuffing. I just try to have a good anchor text. I avoid the “click here” and the “read more” links as much as possible.
    I wouldn’t spend too much time on adding titles to each link on my site.

    Comment by dana_h79 | August 10, 2008 | Reply

  3. Just a quick post to say thanks for the interesting site. Great reading.


    Comment by David | August 21, 2008 | Reply

  4. […] make it SEO friendly. I’m not saying I can’t and sometimes it’s easy even for me. My post on getting a page rank 5 was easy and fun to write, but for the most part I find it takes me a while to get the post just […]

    Pingback by Writing a good blog post « Clifinar SEO | August 24, 2008 | Reply

  5. how you can know what is your rank in google??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    Comment by chaparal | September 4, 2008 | Reply

  6. Hi Chaparal,
    This post is talking about page rank. The easyest way to see your page rank is to download the Google toolbar and then you can see what page rank any webpage has in Google.

    If you’re asking about my rank for a specific keyword then there are many tools that can check that. One fast, easy and free way is to type your keyword in the google search and see what position your site is in. top 10 are on the first results page top 20 in the second and so on….

    Comment by dana_h79 | September 4, 2008 | Reply

  7. Very interesting article, I spend hours on this every day and any tips are very useful. Keep up the good work!

    Comment by | September 6, 2008 | Reply

  8. Hi
    I just want to add something. I did a test and in my opinion SEO is not a good tool to increase page rank. I did what they said and I lost rank from 3 to 2. I saw website that have SEO Score 80 and they rank better then a SEO Score 96.
    I really think that this SEO is bull since Google rank is based on something else that they give you. Plus anything SEO gives for free is not free or is outdated.
    Like you said a good content and offer people what they are looking for and you can rank high.

    Comment by Sprudio | October 20, 2008 | Reply

  9. Thats a great achievement well done ! !

    Comment by clare | November 8, 2008 | Reply

  10. waw…that’s a great experience

    good luck

    Comment by rayearth2601 | December 22, 2008 | Reply

  11. good article……..
    It’ll be helpful if you post some more……

    Comment by maddy | March 3, 2009 | Reply

  12. Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

    Comment by RaiulBaztepo | March 29, 2009 | Reply

  13. sir i make my website and i make a database for my website bor blog now i want to come under rank 5 or better plz tell me the correct method that how can i do

    Comment by Taslim | June 15, 2009 | Reply

  14. Dear Friend, thanks its very usefful info for me, have a nice day.

    Comment by BLOG BISNIS MUKLIS|Motivasi dan bisnis | June 29, 2009 | Reply

  15. great info thankz

    Comment by website design preston | July 14, 2009 | Reply

  16. thank you for sharing, interesting read.

    Comment by aJohn | September 25, 2009 | Reply

  17. good post.. and nice site..

    Comment by ian | October 15, 2009 | Reply

  18. really good tips thanks for sharing

    Comment by yasser | November 17, 2009 | Reply

  19. I´m trying to get more pagerank, but…. imposible PR0

    Comment by Cantabro | November 19, 2009 | Reply

  20. Thanks for your advice. some really useful tips here.

    Comment by perfume women | November 24, 2009 | Reply

  21. good article……..

    Comment by SEVERIN GUILLAUME | January 3, 2010 | Reply

  22. good one .. i’ll keep your suggested points in mind.. thnx..

    Comment by shivani | January 15, 2010 | Reply

  23. but this website has only pr 1 rite? how do say it as 5?

    Comment by mwk | February 1, 2010 | Reply

    • It used to be 5. now that it wasn’t updated for a very long time unfortunately it dropped to 1.
      This is why it’s very important to update your blog and site regulary with new and relevant content

      Comment by dana_h79 | March 9, 2010 | Reply

  24. Thank you for sharing this useful tips. I need to raise the pagerank of my classified ad web site with user feedback!

    Comment by Gildo | February 15, 2010 | Reply

  25. Nice information on Google page rank and on-page optimization.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by SEO | March 29, 2010 | Reply

  26. ya great article

    Comment by Fitness Discussions | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  27. Thank you for sharing this useful tips.Really ,all of you share very important tips but i think SEO can be more easy if we ll keep in mind some basic at the time of On Page Optimization or we can say that we should have to create our site SEO friendly.Though we would all like to be able to do website designing for own website, we all aren’t able to, whether we just don’t understand the various elements or we just don’t have the time or don’t have the required expertise; the use of a top website design company is a must have. Just any website design company will not do;there are various things that can make a web design company a best web design company who will provide the exact services you need to meet the exact specifications you provide and request.

    Comment by best web design comapny | July 24, 2010 | Reply

  28. Man… I have been trying to get my blog up into the first page of for a long time now and I still haven’t gotten there… I have been posting quality articles into it but still without avail.

    I have resorted to getting some manpower to help me with the link building & soon, may resort to Google Adword for help just to get traffic…

    I’ll try your idea and let you know if I am successful..

    Comment by Bryan Agoncillo | July 29, 2010 | Reply

  29. Thanks for sharing these tips, though all in all, im guessing its just a matter of time, interest and work for all bloggers.

    Comment by Jones Scott | September 3, 2010 | Reply

  30. thx for ur nice article

    Comment by anton | October 22, 2010 | Reply

  31. Thats a great achievement well done !!
    good job

    Comment by kang paidjo | January 14, 2011 | Reply

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